Augustinian Volunteers will again this year have runners taking part in the City2Surf to raise funds for the work of the 2022 Volunteers. COVID 19 has kept most businesses closed for much of this year but as we open up now the need for our Volunteers at places like Redfern and Mt Druitt will be even greater. We request you visit the site shown below if you can contribute and make your donation against one of the runners for the event which will occur virtually in the week from this Sunday to Sunday 24th. AVA are very grateful for the support shown them by this Parish over many years.
Loving God, we hold before you in our hearts
the people of Tonga in this time of need.
We know that the communities of the Pacific
often experience fragility - now, with a volcanic explosion
leading to both a Tsunami and degradation of land
and water through ash. We ask that your people find strength
and feel closer to you than ever. They are communities of great faith.
May they turn to you for peace and reassurance.
May they turn to each other for comfort and community
and may they turn to us for support and solidarity.
Catholic Mission, as the Australian agency of the international Pontifical Mission Societies, work on behalf of Pope Francis to support Church run mission programs around the world.
This year, we are invited to partner with the essential work of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok, Thailand, as they reach out to vulnerable mothers and their babies.
Please give generously today to help continue this life-giving program by going online at
catholicmission.org.au/thailand or by texting ’GIVE’ to 0488 854 436.
Your gift will also help many other similar Church-run mission programs around the world.
The Parish Pastoral Plan lists Social Justice as a primary focus area for the Parish, a regular topic on the PPC agenda. Last Monday evening a small group of PPC members met to discuss a way forward. Conscious of the inspirational example and wisdom of St Mary MacKillop – ‘Never see a need without doing something about it!’ – the group reflected on the situation in Afghanistan and decided to share the following invitation to action from the Edmund Rice Centre. Needless to say, the situation is changing daily, with the occasional ‘miracle’ such as the escape of the Afghan athletes with the support of a group of Australian and foreign athletes, including Craig Foster and Zali Steggall, and the Australian Government. You are invited to respond to the proposal below as appropriate and contact your local Federal MP or the Prime Minister.
REFLECTION ON THE SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT (From Leonie Cornell)
Themed as The Cry of the Earth and The Cry of the Poor, this year’s Social Justice Statement calls us to a conversion of deeper love for our earth and our neighbour.
Citing Scripture, Tradition, Science, and Catholic Social Teaching, we are asked to hear the cry of the Earth, which can be seen not only in the recent years’ extreme floods, fires, and storms and rising oceans. We are also asked to hear the cry of the poor, particularly those vulnerable people who always bear the most impact from disasters. We are also asked to listen to the young, whose future we are impacting by not acting on climate change now.
We are challenged to See, Judge and Act, and to work towards a just transition to a low carbon economy.
The Bishops’ statement sets out ways we can begin and I thoroughly recommend its reading to you all. Click on the image below:
Thank you for supporting this year’s Catholic Mission Church Appeal through your kind gifts and prayers, and for reaching out to children and communities in need in Ghana and throughout the world.
Your generosity makes it possible for programs such as the Nazareth Home for God’s Children to provide love and support for children rescued from life-threatening situations. Thank you also to so many parishioners who have become monthly giving partners through our Ghana Mission Partners Program.
For more information about the work of Catholic Mission or the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October, please contact our friendly team at the freecall number below, or at catholicmission.org.au/about-us/contact.
Freecall: 1800 257 296 catholicmission.org.au/Ghana
2019-2020 Social Justice Statement
In this year’s Statement, the Bishops reassert Pope Francis’ call to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’, with the image of the Good Samaritan as our inspiration. The statement affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements online that can be harmful. Information overload, social isolation, marginalisation of the vulnerable, consumerism and fake news are just some of the challenges. As individual users and as people and communities of faith, we are called not just to be inhabitants of this new digital world, but to be active citizens shaping it for the good of all.
For further details about the Catholic Bishops’ Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call (02) 8306 3499
Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. We are a global confederation, run by Caritas Internationalis, of 165 national development agencies.
We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church and our confederation works at diocesan, national, regional and international level on issues such as poverty, migration, climate change, hunger, health and emergencies.
Pope Francis launched the 2 year campaign from Saint Peter’s Square on 27th September 2017 when he invited everyone around the world to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants.
If you are passionate about migration and interested in what’s happening in our world, then this is a campaign where you can make a difference at all levels. This is an opportunity to share something of yourself and offer it up in friendship in exchange for friendship and a journey of discovery.
For more information visit